Luoke, Lithuania #lithuania


My great grandfather, Mayer Kaplan, married Zeitzel and had 3 children, including my grandfather Joseph.. She apparently died in childbirth with their 3rd child in 1882 and Mayer married her sister Gitel (Katie), with whom he had about 9 more children,a few in Lithuania and the rest in Chicago. Since the two wives were sisters, they obviously had the same surname and I'm trying to find out what Zeitzel's last name was.
Leonard Kaplan

Brick wall - WITTY immigrant to Boston, Massachusetts #names

David Hamermesh

I am looking for help breaking through a brick wall. My great-grandfather Jacob WITTY came from Poland to Boston in the early 1890s. I haven't found a record of his arrival in the US or any information from Europe. I haven't found any European records under WITTY, so it's possible the name changed somewhere along the way.
Here's what I do "know" from his Declaration of Intention, completed in 1938:
Born in Kalisz, Poland, January 3, 1877.
Arrived from Glasgow, Scotland, to Boston, Massachusetts, in August 1893 (vessel unknown).
Although most records I have from after 1900 are consistent with the January 1877 birthdate, the 1900 census lists his birth as March 1873, and his marriage certificates (both before 1900) imply 1870-1872 birth.
The 1900 census lists his arrival in the US as 1890.
Jacob's parents' names - as shown on his marriage certificates - were Joseph WITTY and Rose MARKOVITS.
I don't have his death certificate (1948) yet, but I'd be surprised if it helps much.
Any ideas, suggestions, or discoveries would be most welcome. Please reply privately to david@... unless you think it's of general interest.
Thanks for your help,
David Hamermesh
Jackson Heights, New York

Re: Papa/Devecser/Travel to Hungary and Request about Carei/Nagykaroly #hungary


I have been to Hungary many times with my father, who passed away last year at 93. He was born in Nagykaroly (I have not been there) but his father was born in Demecser. That Jewish cemetery is well cared for through HFPJC, a maintenance company in Brooklyn NY. There’s a plaque with their info plus a Holocaust memorial marker. There are no names but people leave stones. I have photos of the small cemetery as well. Let me know if you’d like the photo. 



I am searching the name KRIEGER from Ramagala and nearby Krakanova, in Lithuania. First names  Ester (or Bertha), Rose, Harry and Morris. They came to New Jersey in the early 1900s.

Looking for a paternal relative Yakov Meir Sokolovsky #usa

Sherwin Sokolov

Seeking information about Yakov Meir Sokolovsky who lived in Brooklyn, NY. He was know as Meyer.

Re: Central Death certificate DATABASE from ISRAEL in english is available? #israel

Theo Rafael

Just to add that there's an English version for the page about death certificates here:

Theo R.

Re: Central Death certificate DATABASE from ISRAEL in english is available? #israel

Theo Rafael

Death certificates for 1976 and 1982 should be available from Israel's Ministry of Interior but only for first degree relatives and they're free.
Apparently one can ask for exceptions by attaching an explanation but this can only be done in person. I am sure they can issue bilingual or English language death certificates.
Doubt there's access to death certificates before the establishment of Israel but one may be able to contact directly those specific cemeteries and maybe inquire regarding death records.

All the best,
Theo R

Re: Focsani, Romania #romania

Michael Hoffman

Hi Barbara,

Have you considered doing a search for NEIBERG (NIEBERG) in the UK?

If not you should use the following free website at 


Michael Hoffman

Schumer families from Rohatyn, Kolomya and Grunhaut families from Ustryski Dolne #poland #ukraine


I am searching for information of any type on these families. My grandparents. 

thanks, Chris 

Re: Torma family #romania #hungary

Ze'ev Itzhak Tschan

Hi Melinda

I should have written, in my first answer, that my (jewish) family, that lived in Torma (family name was "Paas"), most likely had their roots in Hungary.

I could not follow up this (yet) thru documents. I only know it from stories in our family.

Greetings, Ze'ev
[Ze'ev Itzhak Tschan, Har Adar, Israel]

Name change to Gen(n), Gandz, or Gin on immigration to the U.K. c.1902 #names #ukraine #unitedkingdom

Jeffrey Gandz

I’m trying to understand how my family name changed from GEN(N) to GANDZ when my grandfather emigrated from Shpikov, via Łódź accompanied by his wife, Leah and three children Annie, Isaac (a.k.a. Harry) and Louis (a.k.a. Lazer, Luzer, and other variants.  I have been looking in Jewish Gen, English and Scottish records, shipping records.

My ancestors lived on or around the Pale of Settlement from about 1680, perhaps well before that.  The “family name” back then was GEN or GENN) and they would have been in Lyubar, Chudniv, A branch of that family represented by my paternal grandfather, Joseph GENN emigrated from Spikov to the U.K., Via Łódź in1902.  He was a descendant of Chaim (his father) and Shmuel Volf (his grandfather) who were gabayim to branches of the TWERSKY Rebbe, first in Skvyra and then in 

Any help will be greatly appreciated. 

Jeffrey Gandz

Ames Family, Lesko, Cisna, #galicia #poland #austria-czech

Alan Tabachnick

I am looking for information on the Ames family, that emigrated to NY after WWI.  The names include Jacob Ames (served in WWI), his father Leizer Ames (died around 1922), Max Ames (Jacob's brother, who likely died in the holocaust).  The family was involved in the lumber business in the late 1800s, I think near Sanok.  They supposedly were involved in the building of a lumber railroad in that area as well.  I just don't have any primary source material on any of this to clarify or support the family information.  Anything that you have to help in any of these areas would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Pechora, Ukraine #ukraine #holocaust

Alan Tabachnick

I am pretty sure that members of my family, Shulmans, Gelmans, Schliefers, spent some time in the Pechora camp.  They were from Shpikov and were removed most likely to Pechora.  Does anyone have any records or lists that show what families and/or names of people were listed at Pechora during the 1940s?  I am trying to nail down the movements of my family from their shtetl during the war, and also to help confirm who may have perished.  Thanks.

Re: Holocaust History Question #holocaust

Rainer Borsdorf

Hello Yaron,

when I lived in Weimar, I dealt with Buchenwald history, so I got the Book "Nachbar Buchenwald. Die Stadt Weimar und ihr Konzentrationslager 1937–1945/ Jens Schley, Köln/Weimar/Wien 1999". At p. 44 you can read:

"Nach der Einäscherung der Leichen verblieben die Urnen zunächst in der Urnenkammer des Krematoriums. Auf Antrag der Angehörigen erfolgte die Übersendung zum Heimatfriedhof gegen eine Gebühr von 3,- RM. Voraussetzung war der Nachweis einer eigenen Grabstätte."

Vienna/ Austria was since March 1938 part of the "Reich" (like Bohemia/ Moravia), and so it was no problem to send the urn by Deutsche Reichspost from Buchenwald to Vienna - even during war times. The SS tried so to sell her murdering with an "appearance of normality".

Best regards - Rainer

Re: Holocaust History Question #holocaust

Rodney Eisfelder

The end of 1939 and the start of 1940 were a period known as the "phoney war". After Poland was divided between Germany and Russia in September 1939, there wasn't much fighting until Denmark and Norway were invaded in April 1940. So, sending a shipment of urns from Buchenwald back to Vienna at the end of 1939 was not so extraordinary.

There is some mention of the delivery of urns back to relatives at:

One story I have heard, was that the ashes delivered to the bereaved would not necessarily come from their deceased. This is mentioned at: but seems to be in reference to Auschwitz.

Another article on Buchenwald Urns is at:

Obviously, this practice of sending urns back home was only carried out in the very early days of the Shoah. Later on, there was nobody back home to receive the urn.

I hope this helps
Rodney Eisfelder
Melbourne, Australia

Re: Looking for details-Mimi family in Budapest #hungary


Any other surnames? Mimi is usually a given name

Re: Staub family #hungary #names


Hello Molly,
Is STAUB in Hungary related to STAUB from Breslau?
Simon Staub (my ggf on mother's side) in Breslau died
in Treblinka 1945. Might have started Staub Pots Co.
now in France??

Dan Weinberg

Re: SZKLARKIEWICZ or similar, STEIGLITZ and similar, and ELLENBOGEN. 1800s #poland

Jill Whitehead

Jebwadne was in Lomza gubernia in NE Poland, and Ellenbogen or Katzenellenbogen was a common Suwalki Lomza name, as well as a common name in Liverpool. My father came from a Suwalki Gubernia  family (the Serwianskis later Servian) that emigrated to Liverpool in the 1870's. Suggest you join the Jewish Genealogical Society of GB to gain acess to its records on Liverpool, and you may be interested in contacting the Liverpool Jewish archivist Arnold Lewis who is helpful on burial sites etc.  Also you can look at the records in old copies of Landsmen, the journal of the Suwalki Lomza Interest Group, at your local large library (NB this group is now defunct) - I am sure they did cover Ellenbogens and similar names.

My father's best friend in Liverpool at the Liverpool Institute Grammar school (now Paul McCartney's school for the performing arts) called Nathan Silverbeck (now long dead) had an Ellenbogen mother. The Ellenbogens have all sorts of Liverpool and Suwalki Gubernia connections.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, England

Re: Where are the vital records for Bircza, Galicia? #galicia #poland


Hi Moses,
I have been researching families in Bircza area for many years now. There are very few records left for Bircza and it's surroundings - a lot of documents were burned during and after WWII, but there are some that remained, kept once in local District Office. Land and Mortage records + notary records. Merzels are highlighted in many of these. I offer my help in case you were interested.

Jakub Czupryński

Dr.Josef ASH

Hello, Judy.
You know it, sure, but to those who don't:
the town you mentioned is now called in Lithuania Kudirkos-Novamestis ("new town Kudirkos" in Lithuwnian)
Shabbath shalom,
Josef ASH, Israel

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